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Final: Washington 38, Washington State 21

11/26/2011

Washington may be headed for the Alamo Bowl after an Apple Cup win over Washington State. It's less certain where Cougars coach Paul Wulff may be headed.

The Huskies improved to 7-5 overall an 5-4 in the Pac-12 with a 38-21 victory over the Cougars. If both Oregon and Stanford end up in BCS bowl games, the Huskies likely would be the choice for the Alamo Bowl over Utah and California, which are both 7-5 but went 4-5 in the conference and lost to the Huskies.

As for Wulff, his Cougars are vastly improved over the previous two seasons, but they finished 4-8 when many thought the program needed a bowl game for Wulff to survive.

Washington jumped to a 14-0 lead, but then the Cougars captured momentum by tying the score. But the Huskies notched a quick touchdown for a 21-14 halftime lead and never let up in the second half.

Huskies quarterback Keith Price, who sat out most of the upset loss last weekend at Oregon State, was brilliant. He completed 21 if 29 passes for 291 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

UW running back Chris Polk rushed for 100 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 36 yards and a score.

Cougars quarterback Marshall Lobbestael, the Cougars third quarterback, completed 29-of-42 for 344 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Wulff's fate likely will be decided shortly. The odds weigh against him, but athletic director Bill Moos has yet top tip his hand one way or another.

The Huskies, meanwhile, await their bowl game fate.